SEVENTH HEAVEN: Champion Ginebra continues hot streak
Paul Lintag on Sep 08, 2017 09:22 PM
Joe Devance and the Gin Kings won a seventh straight game after taking down the Elite.
For a while, it looked like Ginebra was in the midle of a trap game against Blackwater.
And then the champs flipped the switch.
The Gin Kings rolled to their seventh straight win in the 2017 Governors' Cup, powering past the Elite, 98-81, Friday at the MOA Arena.
Struggling to put away a pesky Blackwater crew, Ginebra finally found its footing for good in the fourth, outscoring the Elite by 19 and limiting its opponent to only 10 points.
The Gin Kings did most of that by going All-Filipino for a big chunk of the final period.
LA Tenorio led Ginebra's charge in the last 12 minutes, matching Blackwater's entire output as a team. However, the big difference in the final score doesn't show how hard the defending champions had to work to get this win to maintain a league-leading 7-1 mark.
"The final score doesn’t give justice to the difficult of the game. It kinda blew up in the last couple of minutes but I thought it really came down… the game could have gone either," head coach Tim Cone said.
"They [Blackwater] were playing great, they were hitting shots - DiGregorio, Sumang. Everybody was hitting their threes. Walker was such a beast. He’s so difficult, he’s so physically strong, yet he can shoot from deep. He has Steph Curry range. Plus he leads out there. You can see that they feed off his intensity," he added.
Coming off the bench, Greg Slaughter led a balanced Ginebra attack with 22 points. Justin Brownlee added 17 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists.
Tenorio finished 16 while Joe Devance was productive once again, going for 15 points and eight boards.
Henry Walker carried the fight for Blackwater, pumping 26 points although half came in the opening period. He also had 17 rebounds for the now 4-5 Elite.
GINEBRA 98 - Slaughter 22, Brownlee 17, Tenorio 16, Devance 15, Aguilar 10, Ferrer 7, Caguioa 6, Thompson 4, Mercado 1.
BLACKWATER 81 - Walker 26, Digregorio 12, Sumang 12, Pinto 8, Erram 6, Canaleta 6, Gamalinda 5, Marcelo 4, Sena 2, Belo 0.
Quarters: 23-24, 45-48, 69-71, 98-81.
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